National Archives, Library of Congress Documents Go Online

The National Archives and the Library of Congress announced today that they have begun loading digital copies of their materials on a new site called the World Digital Library.

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has become a founding partner in the World Digital Library (WDL).

NARA will contribute digital versions of important documents from its collections to the WDL, which will be launched for the international public in early 2009.

These documents include Civil War photographs, naturalization and immigration records of famous Americans, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, and photographs by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Lewis Hine. Examples of the images that NARA is contributing to the World Digital Library are now available online.

Example of a naturalization document – Declaration of Intent of Maria von Trapp, 01/21/1944 – that was put online by NARA. NARA ARC Identifier 596198.

The WDL will include representative examples from these document categories – not the complete backfiles of these documents.

The complete run of the American State Papers is already available on GenealogyBank. See GenealogyBank’s Historical Documents collection where you will find military records, casualty lists, Revolutionary and Civil War pension requests, widow’s claims, orphan petitions, land grants and much more including the complete American State Papers (1789-1838) and all genealogical content carefully selected from the U.S. Serial Set (1817-1980). More than 146,000 reports, lists and documents. GenealogyBank has the most comprehensive collection of these US Government reports and documents available to genealogists online. GenealogyBank is adding more documents to this collection every month.

Proposed in 2005 by the Library of Congress in cooperation with UNESCO, the WDL will make available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The project’s goal is to promote international understanding and to provide a resource for use by students, teachers, and general audiences.

“We are pleased that our fellow Federal cultural institution, the National Archives, is joining the Library of Congress in the early stages of this project,” said Billington.

“NARA’s participation not only will ensure that the World Digital Library contains a full record of the American experience, but it also will encourage archives around the world to join with their counterparts from the library world in this important initiative.”

“The mission of the National Archives is to make U.S. Government records widely accessible,” said Weinstein. “The World Digital Library will be a valuable conduit for us to share some of our nation’s treasures with others around the world. We look forward to working with the Library of Congress on this important project.”

In addition to NARA and the Library of Congress, the WDL project partners include cultural institutions from Brazil, China, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia and many other countries. Click here for more Information about the WDL.

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Kentucky Newspapers online

List of Kentucky newspapers that are scheduled to go online on GenealogyBank in the months ahead.

Quickly find obituaries; birth, engagement & wedding announcements; and so much more.

(Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home …. courtesy of Library of Congress, Music for the Nation)

List of upcoming Kentucky Newspapers that will be added to GenealogyBank

Bardstown, KY. Western American 1803 to 1804
Frankfort, KY. Argus of Western America. 1816 to 1834 Frankfort, KY. Guardian of Freedom. 1798 to 1804
Paris, KY. Western Citizen. 1804 to 1816
Russellville, KY. Mirror. 1806 to 1807

and here’s the list of Kentucky newspapers that GenealogyBank already has online:

Bowling Green, KY. Daily News. 7/2/1999 to Today
Covington, KY. Kentucky Post. 4/2/1990 to 12/31/2007
Danville, KY. Mirror. 9/3/1804 to 12/1/1807
Danville, KY. People’s Friend. 1/30/1819 to 1/30/1819
Frankfort, KY. Frankfort Argus – variant title: Argus; Argus of Western America
2/3/1808 to 6/28/1821
Frankfort, KY. Kentucky Journal. 12/5/1795 to 12/5/1795
Frankfort, KY. Western World. 7/7/1806 to 6/8/1810
Ft Mitchell, KY. Kentucky Enquirer. 1/1/1999 to Today
Georgetown, KY. Telegraph. 9/25/1811 to 12/22/1813
Harlan, KY. Harlan Daily Enterprise. 11/17/2005 to Today
Harrodsburg, KY. Kentucky People. 3/18/1870 to 8/25/1871
Henderson, KY. Gleaner. 4/14/2006 to Today
Lancaster, KY. Political Theatre. 11/18/1808 to 7/26/1809
Lexington, KY. Kentucky Gazette. 3/15/1794 to 12/28/1837
Lexington, KY. Lexington Herald – variant titles: Lexington Daily Press; Lexington Daily Press-Transcript. 1/1/1907 to 12/31/1922
Lexington, KY. Lexington Herald-Leader. 5/1/1906 to 12/31/1907

Lexington, KY. Lexington Herald-Leader. 1/25/1984 to Today
Lexington, KY. Morning Herald. 1/1/1896 to 4/30/1906
Lexington, KY. Reporter – variant title: Kentucky Reporter. 3/12/1808 to 12/25/1820
Lexington, KY. Stewart Kentucky Herald. 7/14/1795 to 9/15/1801
Lexington, KY. Western Monitor. 8/3/1814 to 12/20/1817
Louisville, KY. Courier-Journal. 1/13/1999 to Today
Louisville, KY. Weekly Courier-Journal. 5/19/1879 to 7/29/1889
Maysville, KY. Eagle. 1/19/1815 to 3/27/1818
Middlesboro, KY. Daily News. 2/1/2007 to Today
Owensboro, KY. Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. 9/1/1988 to Today
Richmond, KY. Globe. 1/24/1810 to 0/17/1810
Russellville, KY. News-Democrat & Leader. 12/13/2005 to Today
Washington, KY. Republican Auxiliary. 8/15/1807 to 8/15/1807
Washington, KY. Union. 3/8/1814 to 5/19/1817